Award-winning songstress, actress and 2018 ESSENCE Festival headliner Mary J. Blige can now add “animated film star” to her lengthy list of accolades.
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Just weeks after the entertainment icon made Academy Award history as the first person to ever be nominated in both acting and songwriting categories in the same year, fans are now getting a sneak peek at her first animated film role. In the movie, titled Sherlock Gnomes, Blige lends her voice and parts of her likeness to the character of Irene, aka Sherlock’s fiery former girlfriend whom he calls upon for help after his investigation hits a snag.
Blige joins an all-star cast for the film, which includes Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.
Check out the trailer for Sherlock Gnomes above and then be sure to grab your tickets to see Mary light up the stage at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.